Total U.S. sales of fixed annuities rose to about $20 billion in the third quarter, up 9.9% from the total for the third quarter of 2005.

Book value annuities led with $8.1 billion in sales, and equity indexed annuities ranked second, with $6.5 billion in sales, according to Beacon Research Inc., Evanston, Ill.

Market-value-adjusted annuities generated $3.7 billion in sales, and immediate annuities accounted for $1.6 billion in sales.

Beacon bases its figures on a survey of 52 insurance companies.